Chicago. American Walnut Manufacturers' Assoc. 1929.
Seventh Edition. Booklet, black and white photo illustrations, 48pp, approximately 9 x 7 inches, decorative paper wrappers. Light wear to covers including thin abrasion to back cover; staples disintegrated, binding loose, otherwise good, clean condition. The booklet attempts to provide a brief history of walnut through the ages, looking briefly at the use of walnut in England (Chippendale, Heppelwhite) and then focusing on walnut in Colonial America. Having dutifully dealt with history, more contemporary matters are taken up: "The three most severe uses to which any cabinet wood may be put are for gun stocks, airplane propellers, and automobile steering wheels. It is significant that for these exacting uses no other wood even challenges walnut's supremacy." Further advantages of walnut are then extolled, with particular attention given to American walnut. Identifying Genuine Walnut is a topic deal with as is The Proper Classification of Walnut Furniture. Photographs depict sumptuous rooms featuring walnut furniture, paneling and ceilings. The aim of the booklet, at least in part, stems from the American Walnut Manufacturers' Association's desire "to share our knowledge ... with people of discriminating taste and appreciation." In sum, an interesting booklet in good condition providing a brief introduction to the virtues of American Walnut. The booklet ends with an exhortation to "Plant a Tree. ... Where will the people of the year 2029 get their wood? No one wants to live in a civilization of cold stone and steel. We must plant more trees." Item #47303